For the better part of the 2008-2009 regular season, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has had to sit and watch his club try to win without him. No one would have thought that Scott Clemmenson would do an outstanding job in Brodeur's place, let alone that the Devils would be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Now with their leader back in front of the net, fully rested, the Devils will be extremely hard to beat this spring.
Brodeur was in mid-season form as he shut out the Colorado Avalanche with 24 saves. The win was Brodeur's 545 of a Hall of Fame career, and it was his 99th career shutout.
It is amazing how sharp a guy who has missed so much time from the ice can be, but that just shows how special Brodeur is and how much he means to his team. A fresh Brodeur is bad news for anyone playing the Devils.
Offensivley, the Devils wasted no time in getting their goalie some support. Jamie Langenbrunner scored his 19th goal of the year in the first period to make it 1-0 New Jersey. In the second period, Patrick Elias scored on the power play to make it 2-0 Devils. BOXSCORE.
Finally, in the third period, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac added two more goals for good measure as New Jersey romped past Colorado.
New Jersey is now 39-19-3, 11 points behind Boston for the number one seed in the conference.